In anthropological terms, the Greek word Ethos means the character or distinctive spirit of a culture or an era.
In the world of wine, Ethos represents the pinnacle tier of Chateau Ste. Michelle. The Ethos Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah reflect the winemakerís vision of old world complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. These wines are the ultimate winemaker expression and made from the finest fruit of the vintage. Produced in extremely limited quantities representing no more than 1% of a vintage, our Ethos wines are crafted to represent the best of a variety from our best vineyards, including our own vineyards of Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate. The finest blocks within our top vineyards are identified based on their quality history, then farmed within winemaker specifications to insure the best fruit possible from each site. These small lots of fruit are harvested and vinified separately. This allows our winemakers to combine the distinct characteristics from each vineyard into layered, complex, refined wines that showcase the power of Washington fruit.